Despite their late-season surge, the Philadelphia Phillies have a tough road ahead of them to gain a wildcard spot. It’s not just the three games back that are the issue, it is the four teams they have to climb over to get there. But with 11 games left, anything can happen. For proof, see 1964 and 2003.
One player that has really stepped up his game to help the team recently is Jimmy Rollins. The way he is producing, you might think that he is playing for a contract, but that issue was already addressed in the off season. Rollins, who turns 34 this fall, has had an outstanding last month. Look at these numbers: .321 batting average, 24 runs, 8 home runs, 21 RBIs and 8 steals. He put up these results in 106 at bats.
Just to see how great these numbers were, let’s project them out to 500 plate appearances. We’d get 113 runs, 38 home runs, 99 RBIs, and 38 steals. I’m not saying he’d keep this production up for an entire season, but this just shows how productive he has been recently. And it certainly does make the three-year deal the team signed with him look pretty good right now.
The Phils will need to keep firing on all cylinders if they are going to make the playoffs. And no cylinder is more important now than Rollins.